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Credit transfer during studies

If you are a student at Lund University and have previously studied at another higher education institution in Sweden or abroad, it is possible that you have already fulfilled the learning outcomes for a certain course/course component. If you consider this to be the case or have other knowledge and skills that you think may correspond to a certain course/course component, you have the opportunity to apply for a credit transfer.

Credit transfer – an opportunity for students

You can apply for credit transfer during your studies if you are a student and enrolled in studies at Lund University. A credit transfer means that you do not have to study something for which you already have corresponding knowledge.

Credit transfers can be made for both formal competence and prior learning. You will find more information below on what this involves and how to proceed.

Bear in mind that a decision in favour of credit transfer may have certain consequences for your studies. For instance, this means that:

  • You will not take/do not have the right to take the course/course component for which you have received a credit transfer.
  • If you are studying a programme, the credit transfer thus entails a break in your studies which corresponds to the period you would have studied.
  • The course result is a credit transfer (T) and the course would therefore not be graded.
  • The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) or equivalent in your country (if applicable) is unlikely to grant study finance for courses which have received credit transfers. Visit their website for more information and contact details. Note that this also applies to Swedish study finance from CSN.

For those who want to apply for credit transfer at LTH and the Faculty of Medicine

If your application concerns credit transfer for formal competence or prior learning at the Faculty of Engineering, LTH, please contact the programme planners at LTH. However, if you want to apply for credit transfer at the Faculty of Medicine, you should contact the faculty’s study counsellors.

Information regarding credit transfer and contact details for programme planners on LTH’s website

Information regarding credit transfer and contact details for study counsellors on the Faculty of Medicine’s website

Credit transfer for formal competence

You can apply for a review to ascertain whether your previous studies from another higher education institution in Sweden or abroad are eligible for credit transfer in your studies at Lund University. A course/course component can either be credited as an optional/elective course or as the equivalent of a course you would otherwise have studied.

If you have questions concerning credit transfer for courses within the study programme or main subject area, contact the study counsellor for the subject. If you want to obtain credit transfers for previous higher education studies as optional courses in the degree, this is handled in conjunction with your application for a certificate.

Study guidance at your faculty or department

Credit transfer for prior learning

Prior learning is the actual knowledge you have obtained, whether you have formal documentation or not.

As a student at Lund University, you are afforded the opportunity to have your obtained knowledge and skills assessed and reviewed if you think they may correspond to a course/course component. You do this by applying for a credit transfer for your prior learning. You must be admitted to Lund University and enrolled in studies in order to apply.

How to apply for credit transfer for prior learning

If you want to apply for credit transfer for prior learning at Lund University, you need to complete and submit the form 'Application for credit transfer for prior learning', which can be found below. 

The following documents must be enclosed with your application:

  • Self-evaluation/description of knowledge
  • Any certificates from employers
  • Other documents proving your knowledge

You can find more information about what is required for the self-evaluation on the form.

Bear in mind that:

  • You must submit one application per course/course component for which you are seeking assessment.
  • As an applicant, you must be able to describe, through a self-assessment, how your overall knowledge corresponds to the learning outcomes for the course that you want to replace with a credit transfer. You must also be able to provide examples of how your knowledge can be applied.
  • Lund University conducts an overall assessment based on the documents and the self-appraisal submitted. The application may need to be supplemented by interviews, practical and/or theoretical tests to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge corresponding to the main content and learning outcome of the course.

Form for credit transfer for prior learning

The form and enclosures can either be emailed or sent via post to the Degree Office. The postal address and email address can be found on the form or under Contact details on this website.

Application form for credit transfer for prior learning (PDF 81 kB, new tab)

Please note: The application must be based on the learning outcomes in the syllabus. The syllabi are accessible on the respective course or study programme’s website or on your department’s website.

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If you want to obtain credit transfers for prior learning in third-cycle studies, please refer to your department.

Contact information

Credit transfer for formal competence

If you have questions concerning credit transfer for courses in the study programme or main subject area, contact the departmental study counsellor for the subject.

Study guidance at your faculty or department

Credit transfer for prior learning

tillgodoraknande-reko [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

Postal address
Lund University
Student Affairs
Degree Office/prior learning
Box 117
221 00 Lund